High Visibility Reflective Sign Sheeting Evaluation

<p>The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) requires that guide signs (the typical green signs along highways that contain destination and exit information) be either illuminated or retroreflective. In many locations in New York State, particularly in and around New York City (New York State Department of Transportation [NYSDOT] Region 11), overhead guide signs are illuminated by NYSDOT with external lighting systems in order to ensure sufficient visibility, even though NYSDOT also uses retroreflective materials in all of its signs. External sign lighting systems entail high installation and operating costs, require difficult maintenance especially in urban locations with high traffic densities, and can contribute to light pollution. The tasks to be performed by the the research team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) under the management of the NYSDOT Project Manager. These team will assist NYSDOT in the development of specification and measurement procedures to ensure that retroreflective signs meet meaningful visual performance criteria, both upon initial installation and after periods of use in the field. </p>


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    New York State Department of Transportation

    50 Wolf Road
    Albany, NY  USA  12232
  • Project Managers:

    Mooney, Deborah

  • Performing Organizations:

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Lighting Research Center
    21 Union Street/3rd floor
    Troy, NY  USA  12180
  • Principal Investigators:

    Bullough, John

    Rea, Mark

  • Start Date: 20110301
  • Actual Completion Date: 20140930
  • Source Data: RiP Project 28664

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01480663
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: University Transportation Research Center
  • Contract Numbers: 55505-08-03
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: May 3 2013 1:00AM